Top tips for visiting Paris

My carefully thought out list of top tips to experience Paris at it’s best!

1. Visit the Eiffel Tower at night and during the day.

It’s lit up so beautifully at night, it would be a crime to miss it.

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2. Be very careful crossing the roads.

Cars don’t necessarily stop for you at pelican or zebra crossings, so make sure it’s absolutely safe before you cross. In particular, be careful crossing at the Arc de Triomphe – the busiest crossing I’ve ever seen!

3. Eat macaroons.

Traditionally French, they’re colourful biscuits from heaven. Find some. Eat some.

4. Go inside the Sacre Coeur.

I know there’s a great view form the top, but pry yourself away from it and go in the church! It’s free and the architecture inside is superb. The queue to get into Notre Dame was too long so we gave it a miss, but there was barely a queue when we went inside the Sacre Coeur in the early evening.

5. Keep your eyes open.

In Paris, everyday things are made beautiful. Look around you, don’t just look at the obvious sights! The beauty of Paris is one reason tourists flock here.

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6. Learn a bit of French.

I surprisingly picked it up quite fast whilst in Paris, and some of the French I did in school came flooding back. (I wasn’t that good to be honest). Some French people won’t understand you if your accent is dodgy, but I found it a great help to have a basic grasp on French during our time in Paris.

7. Dress up a bit in the evening.

Nothing makes you feel as glamorous as strolling past the Eiffel Tower in heels. Definitely wear flats for the daytime though – you’ll be doing a lot of walking!

8. Plan an itinerary.

Unless you’re spending more than a few days in Paris, it’s really helpful to have an idea of what you’re going to do on each day. There’s so much to see n Paris, it’s helpful to plan your time. We crammed as much as we could into our day and a half in the city of love!

9. Take a boat trip up the River Seine

This is one of the things I did during my family trip to Paris and it did not disappoint. It’s a great way to see some of the sights like the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty (the French one is a lot smaller) without wearing your legs out from walking. Plus, it’s fun!

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10. Take lots of photos

Goes without saying doesn’t it?

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